Inductee — Ken Schreiber

Schreibe1_17Ken Schreiber

Class of 1979

Birthplace: LaPorte High School, IN

Coach

Biography:

Included in his 38 plus years of coaching the Slicers, Ken has established a record that will most likely stand the test of time, 1010 wins and 217 losses for an outstanding winning percentage of .823. He is the winningest coach in the state of Indiana in any sport, ranks third in the nation in victories. Included in those 1010 victories are 25 conference titles, 28 sectionals, 18 regionals and 11 semi-states that led to a record 7 state championships, 1967, 1971, 1976, 1982, 1987, 1990, and 1992. The 1973 team was a state runner-up.

As you can imagine that kind of success did not go unnoticed. Within the state he has been named Coach of the Year eight times. This has led to Ken being named the National Coach of the Year on three occasions, 1977, 1987, and 1998 as presented by USA Baseball and the Major League Players Association. During the 98 season Collegiate Baseball Publication selected him as one of two coaches to share a Coach of the Century award. A special honor was accorded him in 1985 by his university, Valparaiso, by presenting him with the Distinguished Alumni Award.

An accomplished clinician he has spoken all over the country highlighted by presentations at the National Baseball Convention on four occasions. He has authored several publications and now serves on the board of Diamond Products, Inc. The Slicer program has sent nine players to the big leagues and over 100 players to the college ranks.

He has been inducted in many halls of fame including, Valparaiso University, Michigan City Elston, LaPorte Old Timers, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and most recently in July 1999 will be inducted into the National Federation Hall of Fame presented by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations. A 1998 highlight was being presented a Sagamore of the Wabash Award by the Governor of Indiana.